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Local teens get a taste of professional theater performing Footloose at the Fine Arts Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 18) – Aspiring performers, designers, and technicians will come together July 27–30 to make theater magic in this summer’s Youth Repertory Ensemble’s production of “Footloose” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

The program, now in its 24th year, is an intensive five-week conservatory training for youth interested in a career in the performing arts and remains the only professional training program of its kind in the Pikes Peak region. The Ensemble is an inclusive and supportive space as students explore and experiment with the theatrical form through a carefully designed combination of rehearsals and class work. Alumni of the program can be seen from Broadway to Hollywood, on stage, on screen, and behind the scenes.

This year’s Ensemble, made up of 32 teens between the ages of 14 and 18, auditioned and interviewed to earn their spot.

“These young people are tremendously talented,” said Chris Sheley, the Fine Arts Center’s Interim Producing Artistic Director. “It is so rewarding to nurture their love of theater and help guide the next generation of performing artists. We are so excited about what’s to come for this special group.”

The community is invited to celebrate the hard work of these students July 27–30 when the program culminates with the production of “Footloose,” a musical that celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom found through communication, and the power of forgiveness.

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie | Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford Music by Tom Snow | Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinma.


Tickets: or through the FAC front desk at (719) 634-5583.


Thursday, July 27 | 7 p.m. – OPENING NIGHT
Friday, July 28 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 | 2 p.m.


The award-winning FAC Theatre Company produces an annual season of innovative and exciting theatrical productions and is committed to creating stories that heal, uplift, educate and enlighten in a thoughtful and inclusive environment.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
The story of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) began with the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy 1919. A museum, performing arts theatre, and community art school, the FAC is a pillar in the cultural community of the Rocky Mountain West providing innovative, educational, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. The FAC and Colorado College recognize and honor the original inhabitants of the land on which it resides. For more information about the FAC, visit or follow on Facebook @CSFineArtsCenter.